Bowden, who starts November 1, will oversee a staff of approximately 450 lawyers, accountants, and examiners responsible for the inspections of U.S.-registered investment advisers and investment companies. Bowden succeeds Gene Gohlke, who retired from the agency earlier this year after 35 years of public service. Since then, OCIE Deputy Director Norm Champ has served as the Acting Associate Director of the program.
According to a news release, early in his career, Bowden worked at Legg Mason, Inc., and later for Legg Mason Capital Management in various roles, including General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately Executive Director for Sales, Client Service and Marketing. He also has served on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Investment Advisers Association.He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Honors English Program at Loyola University in Baltimore and a law degree from The University of Pennsylvania.